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Subjectivity across Media

Interdisciplinary and Transmedial Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Maike Sarah Reinerth, Jan-Noël Thon

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Media in general and narrative media in particular have the potential to represent not only a variety of both possible and actual worlds but also the perception and consciousness of characters in these worlds. Hence, media can be understood as "qualia machines," as technologies that allow for the production of subjective experiences within the affordances and limitations posed by the conventions of their specific mediality. This edited collection examines the transmedial as well as the medium-specific strategies employed by the verbal representations characteristic for literary texts, the verbal-pictorial representations characteristic for comics, the audiovisual representations characteristic for films, and the interactive representations characteristic for video games. Combining theoretical perspectives from analytic philosophy, cognitive theory, and narratology with approaches from phenomenology, psychosemiotics, and social semiotics, the contributions collected in this volume provide a state-of-the-art map of current research on a wide variety of ways in which subjectivity can be represented across conventionally distinct media.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Subjectivity across Media



Maike Sarah Reinerth and Jan-Noël Thon



PART I: VERBAL REPRESENTATIONS OF SUBJECTIVITY



1. The Expression of Subjectivity in Fiction: The Case of Internal Focalization



Tilmann Köppe



2. Child Minds through Gaps and Metaphors: On Two Strategies for Consciousness Representation in Literary Narrative



Marco Caracciolo and Cécile Guédon



3. Cybernetic and Kinetic: Representing Subjectivity in Digital Fiction



David Ciccoricco



PART II: VERBAL-PICTORIAL REPRESENTATIONS OF SUBJECTIVITY



4. The Body at Work: Subjectivity in Graphic Memoir



Silke Horstkotte and Nancy Pedri



5. Visible Hand? Subjectivity and Its Stylistic Markers in Graphic Narratives



Lukas Etter



6. The Drawn-Out Gaze of the Cartoon: A Psychosemiotic Look at Subjectivity in Comic Book Storytelling



Stephan Packard



PART III: AUDIOVISUAL REPRESENTATIONS OF SUBJECTIVITY



7. Experiencing Extended Point-of-View Shots: A Film-Phenomenological Perspective on Extreme Character Subjectivity



Julian Hanich



8. Color and Subjectivity in Film



Barbara Flueckiger



9. Immersed in History Films: Subjectivity, Memory, and Fictional Privilege



Casper Tybjerg



PART IV: INTERACTIVE REPRESENTATIONS OF SUBJECTIVITY



10. Film Aesthetics and Interactive Representations of Subjectivity in Video Games



Benjamin Beil



11. Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Subjectivity and Embodiment in Video Games



Felix Schröter



12. "As Only a Game Can": Re-creating Subjective Lived Experiences through Interactivity in Non-Fictional Video Games



Evelyn Chew and Alex Mitchell

About the Editors

Maike Sarah Reinerth is a Research Associate for Media and Communication Studies at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Research interests include representations of subjectivity (Ph.D. project), cognitive film theory, and animation studies. Her most recent publication is "Metaphors of the Mind in Film: A Cognitive-Cultural Perspective" (Embodied Metaphors in Film, Television, and Video Games, 2016).





Jan-Noël Thon is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Media Studies of the University of Tuebingen, Germany. Research interests include film studies, television studies, comics studies, game studies, transmedial narratology, media convergence, and post/documentary in digital media culture. He has published widely in these areas, most recently Transmedial Narratology and Contemporary Media Culture (2016).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
GAM013000
GAMES / Video & Electronic
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT017000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comics & Graphic Novels
PER004000
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies